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Trying to Create a Life in the Country

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When I came to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo three years ago, I bounced around temporary homes in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Even though moving around a lot was difficult, I liked the pace of big cities.  I was 16 and had graduated from high school in the DRC, but […]

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I’m Ready to Move Into My Adult Life

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Since I came to the United States, I’ve been pushed off track from my goal of studying at a college over and over. I had already graduated high school back in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before I had to flee political violence without my family. At age 16, I found myself in New […]

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My Passion for Piano

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When I was 7, the building where I took after-school art classes had a piano class next door, so I often heard the music serenading me through the wall. One time my art teacher was late, so the piano teacher invited me into their class and taught me the beginner song “Hot Cross Buns.” When […]

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By Trying to Fit In, I Lost My Joy

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When I was little, my family referred to me as their little nut because I was so outgoing. In school, I was scolded for being too loud during rest time and frequently had my seat moved for chatting too much with my classmates. Soon, I developed a strong interest in fashion and accessories, wearing beaded […]

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